Clobetasol topical Side effects

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What are the possible side effects of Clobetasol topical?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Although the risk of serious side effects is low when Clobetasol topical is applied to the skin, you should be aware of side effects that can occur if the medication is absorbed into your bloodstream.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have severe irritation of any treated skin, or if you show signs of absorbing Clobetasol topical through your skin, such as:

Less serious side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Side effects of Clobetasol topical in details

A side effect of any drug can be defined as the unwanted or undesired effect produced by the drug. The side effect can be major or in few medications minor that can be ignored. Side effects not only vary from drug to drug, but it also depends on the dose of the drug, the individual sensitivity of the person, brand or company which manufactures it. If side effects overweigh the actual effect of the medicine, it may be difficult to convince the patient to take the drug. Few patients get specific side effects to specific drugs; in that case, a doctor replaces the drug with another. If you feel any side effect and it troubles you, do not forget to share with your healthcare practitioner.

Applies to Clobetasol topical: topical application cream, topical application emollient cream, topical application foam, topical application gel/jelly, topical application lotion, topical application ointment, topical application shampoo, topical application solution, topical application spray

Side effects requiring immediate medical attention

Along with its needed effects, Clobetasol topical (the active ingredient contained in Clobetasol topical) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking Clobetasol topical:

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Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention

Some side effects of Clobetasol topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

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What is the most important information I should know about Clobetasol topical?

Clobetasol topical contraindications

Contraindication can be described as a special circumstance or a disease or a condition wherein you are not supposed to use the drug or undergo particular treatment as it can harm the patient; at times, it can be dangerous and life threatening as well. When a procedure should not be combined with other procedure or when a medicine cannot be taken with another medicine, it is called Relative contraindication. Contraindications should be taken seriously as they are based on the relative clinical experience of health care providers or from proven research findings.

Hypersensitivity to clobetasol propionate or to any of the excipients of Clobetasol topical.

Scalp Application: Infections of the scalp.

Cream/Ointment: Primary skin lesions caused by infection with fungi or bacteria; primary cutaneous viral infections (eg, herpes simplex, chickenpox); rosacea; acne vulgaris; pruritus without inflammation; perianal and genital pruritus; perioral dermatitis.

Use in children: Clobetasol topical is contraindicated in children <1 year.

Children are more likely to develop local and systemic side effects of topical corticosteroids and in general, require shorter courses and less potent agents than adults.

Care should be taken when using Clobetasol topical to ensure the amount applied is the minimum that provides therapeutic benefit.


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  3. KEGG. "Target-based classification of drugs". (accessed September 17, 2018).


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